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Check Out The NY Times’ Double Standard on Offensive Religious Images

June 29, 2015

The New York Times won’t publish images that offend Muslims. Christians on the other hand, are a different story.

Back in January, when the French publication Charlie Hebdo was attacked by Islamic terrorists, the paper of record wouldn’t publish the offending images which were blamed.

Here’s what they wrote at the time…

A Close Call on Publication of Charlie Hebdo Cartoons

Was The Times cowardly and lacking in journalistic solidarity when it decided not to publish the images from the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo that precipitated the execution of French journalists?…

I talked to the executive editor, Dean Baquet, on Thursday morning about his decision not to show the images of the prophet Muhammad – a position that was taken by The Washington Post (on its news pages), The Associated Press, CNN and many other American news organizations. BuzzFeed and the Huffington Post were among those that did publish the cartoons…

Ultimately, he decided against it, he said, because he had to consider foremost the sensibilities of Times readers, especially its Muslim readers. To many of them, he said, depictions of the prophet Muhammad are sacrilegious; those that are meant to mock even more so. “We have a standard that is long held and that serves us well: that there is a line between gratuitous insult and satire. Most of these are gratuitous insult.”

Fine.

But if that’s true, why did they publish a story today about a picture of the former pope made out of condoms? Do you think this might offend a few Americans?

No double standard there, right?

Read reactions at Twitchy.

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